Robert Francis “Bob” Adkins

November 17, 1934 ‒ September 24, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  Kindness was a gift Bob Adkins bestowed daily. He loved people – and there was not anybody that did not love Bob – and treated everyone with love, kindness, and respect. A highly social man, Bob never knew a stranger, and offered his help willingly.

Remembered as a friendly encourager, who cared for others with consideration, Bob passed away peacefully – with his wife and sister-in-law Christine Morris at his side – Thursday, September 24, 2020 in his Mansfield home. He was 85.

Born Robert Francis Adkins November 17, 1934 in Shelby to parents Ernest and Emma (Easterling) Adkins, Bob was graduated from Shelby High School. He earned a B.S. in Physical Education from Ashland College, and a Master’s of Science degree in Adapted Physical Education from Indiana University.

His 32-year career in education was teaching and serving as principal at several area elementary schools. He later worked 20 years with OhioHealth at the Fourth Street Health and Fitness Center, where he was a certified group exercise instructor through Silver Sneakers® and Delay the Disease™, and was a certified “Hero” – credited with saving a life on the job.

Bob taught tumbling and cheerleading with children and young people at Friendly House for many years. An accomplished athlete, Bob was most proud of the opportunity Bob Feller gave him to try-out for a pitching position with the Cleveland Indians. His love for the Indians continued his whole life, as well as his love for football and golf.

Bob knew his way around the kitchen; his spiced-up coney sauce was renowned, as was his spaghetti and marzetti. He enjoyed traveling – and made several trips to the Western US – taking family to beach destinations and Disney.

A man with a perpetual smile and strong work ethic, Bob is survived by his wife Jamie (Morris) Adkins, whom he married August 15, 2008; sons William (Toni) Adkins, Christopher Adkins, Andrew Adkins and Robert Adkins; numerous grandchildren; his father-in-law and mother-in-law Donald & Sarah Morris; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.

A graveside funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1 p.m. in Mansfield Memorial Park, with Chaplain Dan Clouse officiating. The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

His family acknowledges, with warm gratitude, how Southern Care Hospice supported Bob and the family with comfort, professionalism, and compassion.

Contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to Snyder Funeral Home for final expenses.

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  • My sincere condolences to the Family, The Bible tells us about the hope for all who die. John 5:28,29. The Resurrection ! On Earth! You will be reunited with your love one again!

  • Bob was a big help to me at the Fitness Center. Gere appreciated his work with Silver Sneakers as well. His kindness and friendship will be long remembered.

    Blake and Gere Wagner

  • Mr. A, Coach A, as we called him when he first came to Brinkerhoff as my gym teacher in 5th grade, he taught me how to punt a “spiral football”, taught me how to pole vault, and was my first basketball coach. He was great with all the kids, everyone loved him. We have been friends over 55 years. I always looked forward to seeing Coach A, everyday that I came to Medcentral to workout. I will really miss him. Coach A, made a very big impact in my life. Prayers to his family in this most difficult time. God Bless you, Trent Anthony

  • I was so saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. He was truly a special man; near and dear to many, including our family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

  • A nice guy who was always kind and willing to help. He will be missed by many. My condolences….

  • So sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. He was my principal at Brinkerhoff Elementary when I was teaching deaf children in the early 80’s. He was always supportive and encouraging. I’ll never forget how he could silence a whole gym full of children by giving a whistle! My deepest sympathy to all the family.

  • The Lord truly blessed my sister Hollie and I after we lost our Mom. Our Uncle Bob and Brothers Chris and Andy took us in to live with them. Honestly I don’t know how he survived 4 teenagers at 1 time. He started taught me how to drive in the MG lol. I have always carried these words with me throughout the years, ” Heather if I can teach you one thing be a honest friend to everyone no matter how rich, poor or where they are from. You never know when you might have the opportunity to help them and in turn someone can help you.” It is so true for family vacations all of us kids I know are grateful for the memories. Thank you Uncle Bob I shall hold you in my heart forever. I would like to wish my condolence to Toni, Chris, Andy ,Robert and Hollie Adkins Mcauley. I am sorry for your loss Jamie and to your family.

  • Much sympathy to Bob’s family. I have known Bob for many years working as a PE teacher in Mansfield City Schools. May he rest in peace.

  • Bob was my gym teacher and tumbling/acrobatics coach all through grade school at Brinkerhoff Elementary. He was a kind, sincere man who always had a smile and helped everyone he met. I’ll never forget the fun our group had and all we learned. It was a cherished time. He truly was one good soul. I was glad to have met him once again at the fitness center after all those years. He hadn’t changed a bit. Rest in peace Bob. God bless your family.

  • Awwe, Mr. A. Have known him since I took tumbling from him. My family spent a few Christmases with him on Glenwood Blvd. My condolences to the family.

  • Bob was my husband’s principal at Brinkerhoff Elementary. Years later we reconnected with him at the Fitness Center. He taught boot camp and set up the best circuit training. Bob saved my dad’s life at the Fitness Center. He became our ” HERO” immediately. My family will always hold Bob in a special place in our hearts. We also wants to send our deepest sympathy to Chris and the family.

  • I am truly sorry to see that Bob passed away. He was a class member at Shelby High and was always a very friendly, nice person. My deepest sympathy to Jamie and family. Sincerely, Elinor Spangler Kelly

  • Dear Adkins Family,
    What a pleasure it was to work with Mr. Adkins at the Fitness Center. Blessings and prayers.

  • I was so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was my gym teacher and tumbling coach at Brinkerhoff. We had a team of tumblers that was a really close group and he was outstanding as a coach, friend and teacher. I have the best memories of my Brinkerhoff days due mostly because of him. He was a special man. He made a difference in many many lives.

  • Talked to Bob at the Fitness Center. Was a very kind and gentle man. Blessings to his family.

  • Bob, I have not seem you since we were in PE in 1952. I too, agree you were special, always friendly and kind. You surprise me of your accomplishments while on this earth. You had a driving force to teach and watch those young youth become successful. God Bless your soul & your family. Paul 1952

  • Bob has always held a special place in our family. We are saddened by his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    With deepest sympathy,
    The Siegfried Family

  • I am so sad to hear of Bob’s passing. I can still remember the day he taught me how to do a back handspring as a third grader at Brinkerhoff Elementary School. I loved being on the tumbling team! He had a talent for making all of us feel special.